BlogHer 2012 Books: Highlights

BlogHer 2012 books

So many books . . . so little time. . .

As I sort through the vast amount of BlogHer 2012 swag (half of which I probably should have left in my hotel room) I find myself with the following stack of books that deserve mentioning because SOMEONE took the time to write them; several SOMEONE’s took the time to edit, publish and market them; SOMEONE took the time to haul them to the expo halls and room suites; and, SOMEONE (that would be me) hauled them home.

So . . . . here goes. . . .

My favorites:
Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes: 1485 Favorites from the World’s #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine – Love this because all of the recipes are made from real home cooks putting real smiles on faces meal after meal, year after year with ingredients I can relate to in my own kitchen.

The Digest Diet by Liz Vaccariello – As I sat waiting to meet the author of this book, I skimmed the book and for the sake of time, I looked her in the eye and said, “This is book is holistic, inspiring and motivational. Love it.” ‘Nuf said. Well, not really. I felt the book did a good job of incorporating before & after pictures which motivated me to reach harder for my weight loss goal. It gave exercise and healthy eating tips and did a comprehensive job discussing overall healthy living.

The Guest Book: A Novel by Marybeth Whalen – And, THANK YOU, Zondervan for bringing to me the latest book from a dear friend who I had lunch with last summer and for whom I had failed to follow her recent releases. How surprised and delighted I have been to start into this book. Marybeth writes in a way that wraps you in from the beginning and warms your heart.


And then, there’s my 15-year-old daughter’s favorite:

The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer – I won this book by tweeting this picture from the booth. My eldest (a Dr. Who fanatic) LOVED this alien-centric book.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

My 14-year-old daughter’s favorite:

Halflings (A Halflings Novel) by Heather Burch – My youngest is a bit vampire crazy right now and this fit the bill perfectly. She says this is REALLY good and that I should read it. Some writers really know how to spin the tension and apparently this one does. It was read very quickly.


Books Still To Be Read:

Shades of Truth (Faithgirlz!/From Sadie’s Sketchbook) by Naomi Kinsman – Adorable, light reading with a poignant message that looks geared towards middle school girls.

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Neiquist – Wow, I just picked this one up tonight. Love the description on Amazon:

Cold Tangerines is a collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in your everyday life. It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything. It is about spiritual life, and about all the things that are called nonspiritual life that might be spiritual after all.

I love that. I will definitely carve out some time to read this one because it sounds like I can read it over time and be inspired story by story.

Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope by Karen Kingsbury – I just love Karen Kingsbury and though I haven’t read this one yet, I am saving it for that trip or rainy day where I can curl up and read to the end without stopping. Knowing I have one of Kingsbury’s books unread on my shelf is like having that scrumptious chocolate bar hidden behind the flour container in the pantry just waiting for it’s moment.

Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet by Tracey Bianchi –  I haven’t had time to crack this one yet but it sounds like good fodder for my other blog DIYFrugal.

Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot by Annie Downs – Wow, Wow, Wow. I met Annie years ago at the Proverbs 31 SheSpeaks conference in Charlotte, N.C. and she was so amazing and awesome  – such a beautiful winning smile. I was blessed to see her name in print and to see where she has come with her rich spirit and Christ-centered soul. I can’t wait to go through this with my teen daughters.
P.S. I Still Hate It Here: More Kids’ Letters from Camp by Diane Falanga – This author was in the Hershey-Walmart suite and borrowed the marshmallow I cooked for her own camping picture. What a pretty lady. I glanced through the clever little quick-read with humorous anecedotes and I will get back to it one of these days.

Yes, I will admit to being a book hog but I always hear that to be a writer you must keep up your reading! Working on it (the reading AND the writing!) Many of my favorite books ended up being from Zondervan or Reader’s Digest so thank you both plus everyone else for coming as a sponsor to this HUGE event.



  1. I’m reading the Guest Book right now! I spent some time talking to the people in the Reader’s Digest room, but didn’t get a book even after talking about some personal stories about health and cooking in my family.

    • Oh wow. Maybe I got there early? I did a video for their Taste of Home contest too. Maybe that’s why I got it.

  2. I am really looking forward to reading (and doing!) the Digest Diet.

  3. I picked up the Guest Book at Zondervan booth too & ended up reading it last week. It’s a really feel good story! That’s neat you know the author – tell her I enjoyed it!

  4. I forgot to go to the Reader’s digest suite! It was only open Sat. I think. Sigh.

    I got The Host which I’ve read but can’t wait to re-read … someone left a book called The Watch in the swag room so I grabbed that one too. Cold Tangerines sounds good.

  5. oooh, love that cookbook, I would’ve loved to get a cookbook :)

  6. Cold Tangerines sounds like something I’ll be putting on my Good Reads list- Can’t wait to hear your final thoughts on it!

    I’m still waiting for my Reader’s Digest books to come in the mail (which I literally am acting like a kid on Christmas Eve over). I got a copy of The Host as well, and read it on the plane trip home. Not too bad- talked about it on my blog.

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